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Anyone used Szczecin (Stettin) airport, N.E. Poland, or cycled in that region?

Old 11-03-11, 02:15 AM
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Anyone used Szczecin (Stettin) airport, N.E. Poland, or cycled in that region?

My friend and I are looking to cycle to Rugen on the Baltic. Initially we were going to fly to Hamburg, but with our limited window (about a week), we're finding it hard to make an itinerary without trains (we prefer just to cycle). We found we could fly into Szczecin, and get to Rugen via the Oder Neisser radweg, and back in a nice loop. Trouble is, though there are flights with Ryanair, the airport is small, and the are quite poor for cycling. Flights get in at about 10 at night, and there is one motel somewhere near the airport, but then, we'd have to cycle back to Szczecin and into Germany. There is an option of going North West into German, which is more direct, but there don't actually seem to be any bridges over the rivers there. Anyone any experience of the area?

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Just to update, in case anyone is looking for a route around this area, it appears you can follow the coast and not have to go through Stettin by using a ferry at the top of the Stettin Estuary. I gather it only starts running in May, though, and I'm not sure when it stops, so summer months only, I guess.
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Will you take the ferry to the Stettin Estuary? I always wanted to tour near Krakow, but the local roads and drivers have put me off.

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As it stands our route will probably include the Stettin Estuary. If it comes off, we'll fly to Stettin (the airport is at Goleniow about 40 km NE of Stettin), stay at the only motel there (apparently somewhere on the airport - it's called the Pilot's hut and an apartment comes in at something ridiculously cheap like EURO12 a night, which either reflects the exchange rate or the quality - I'm hoping the former), then, after getting the bikes sorted in the morning, cycling, hopefully North West and over the estuary via the ferry and into Germany. We'll head towards Usedom, which I hear is excellent, then up to Rugen, and then probably back in a loop, perhaps using the Berlin Usedom radweg (or the Oder Neisser). All in all it should be a real adventure, if we can get the accommodation at the airport (the flights get in late), and get into Germany.

As a side note, the few reviews I've read of the airport suggest it's manned by army personnel, who are surly, and is totally disorganised. Which should be interesting.

Krakow's always been a place I'd love to visit. I have heard reports that cycling in Poland is an experience - but probably no worse (maybe even better) than cycling in the UK. At least there should be less rain and the landscape prettier .
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